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  • Cape Verde Sports and Culture minister visits Cuba
    23 april 2003 14:22:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verde Sports and Culture minister Jorge Tolentino is currently in Havana to strengthen relations with Cuba in the domain of culture, according to official sources back here. Full text...

  • 20 Senegalese to model in Douala fashion show
    22 april 2003 21:04:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Twenty Senegalese models have been short- listed to participate in the 3rd edition of the fashion show dubbed 'Annual Show' slated for 3 April 2004 in Douala, Cameroon, organisers said Tuesday in Dakar. Full text...

  • Fan stopped from unmasking South African singer
    22 april 2003 08:07:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Security personnel of award- winning singer Mzekezeke assaulted a curious fan who tried to unmask the performer during a concert. Full text...

  • African literature publishers group created in Paris
    22 april 2003 07:39:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Some 19 publishers specialising in African literature have formed an organisation, Afrilivres, aimed at ensuring better distribution of books in Africa, Michel Cadence, one of the promoters of the initiative, told PANA. Full text...

  • One killed, eight injured in Sao Tome and Principe violence
    19 april 2003 18:21:00
    Sao Tome- Sao Tome and Principe (PANA) -- One person was killed and eight hurt in Thursday's clashes between the Sao Tome and Principe police and artefact sellers, witnesses said Saturday. Full text...

  • Benin hosts symposium on African Diaspora next week
    19 april 2003 16:49:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Some 150 participants from Africa, America, Europe and Asia are to take part in next week's international symposium in Benin focusing on the development of Africans in the diaspora, organisers said Saturday. Full text...

  • UNESCO chief pleads for protection of Iraqi heritage
    18 april 2003 22:03:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UNESCO Director General Koichiro Matsuura pleaded Thursday in Paris for the protection of Iraq's heritage, insisting this was the responsibility of the international community as a whole. Full text...

  • Bamako to host 5th photographic rally
    18 april 2003 19:48:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Malian capital will from 20 October to 20 November host the 5th edition of the African Photographic Rally, the Malian Culture ministry announced Friday. Full text...

  • France buys back late Emperor Bokassa's castle
    18 april 2003 18:33:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The French government has paid about 260,000 Euro for one of the castles in France that belonged to the late Central African Republic (CAR) Emperor, Jean-Bedel Bokassa, official sources said in Paris Friday. Full text...

  • UMA official condemns looting of Iraqi Museums
    18 april 2003 17:26:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Habib Boulares, secretary general of the Arab Maghreb Union (UMA), has condemned as "barbaric" the looting of Iraqi Museums. Full text...

  • South African writers to receive UNESCO prize
    18 april 2003 16:44:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- South African writers, Jenny Robson and Chilien Antonio Skarmeta will 23 April receive the UNESCO 2003 prize for children and adolescent literatures promoting tolerance, as part of ceremonies marking World Book and Copyright Day. Full text...

  • Africans feature in 2003 UNESCO Children's Book Awards
    17 april 2003 20:54:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- South African writer Jenny Robson has been declared co-winner of the 2003 UNESCO Prize for Children's and Young People's Literature, an award that honours works promoting tolerance. Full text...

  • Nicholas Kotei Djanie hosts workshops in South Africa
    17 april 2003 08:02:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- One of Africa's most experienced and acclaimed drummers, Nicholas Kotei Djanie, on Thursday began four days of performing workshops in the Maluti Mountain Foothills in South Africa. Full text...

  • UNESCO counts losses to cultural heritage in Iraq
    15 april 2003 14:01:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UNESCO said it has invited some 30 experts to meet Thursday at its Paris headquarters to begin a preliminary evaluation of the state of Iraq's cultural heritage. Full text...

  • Algerian minister decries destruction of Iraq's heritage
    14 april 2003 23:09:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian Communication and Culture minister Khalida Toumi has called for an end to what he said was the destruction of Iraq's heritage, strongly denouncing the pillage of that country's objects of history and culture. Full text...

  • Yaounde hosts African publishers seminar
    14 april 2003 22:58:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- A seminar on the legal aspects of publishing opened Monday in Yaounde under the aegis of the African Publishers Network (APNET) and the Francophonie inter- governmental Agency (AIF). Full text...

  • Budding Kenyan Musician Loses Leg in Road Accident
    14 april 2003 18:02:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Wycliffe Omondi, a budding Kenyan musical star, lost his leg in a weekend motor accident while returning from a memorial concert for a colleague who died a month ago. Full text...

  • UNESCO demands protection of Iraqi cultural heritage
    14 april 2003 08:31:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Director-General of UNESCO, Koichiro Matsuura, is urging US and British authorities to ensure the protection and surveillance of Iraqi cultural heritage, as well as effectively fight illicit trafficking of any cultural materials from the country. Full text...

  • Ouagadougou Jazz Festival kicks off 25 April
    13 april 2003 19:41:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The 11th edition of 'Jazz in Ouaga' Festival has been slated for 25 April to 3 May in the Burkinabe capital, the organising committee said Sunday. Full text...

  • Ismael Lo connects Reunion to Africa in music
    11 april 2003 18:54:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Visiting Senegalese singer Ismael Lo Thursday night thrilled a huge audience in Reunion in melodies that brought the island closer to the African continent. Full text...

  • Rasheed Ali to visit Africa for first time
    11 april 2003 14:06:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Despite fears among many artists to travel abroad from the US at this time, recording artist Rasheed Ali will take time out from promoting his new CD, "Thunder in the Jungle," to make his first trip to Africa. Full text...

  • Korean named UNESCO Artist for Peace
    07 april 2003 19:15:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- World-famous soprano, Sumi Jo of the Republic of Korea, was Monday conferred with the title of UNESCO Artist for Peace. Full text...

  • Shooting begins of film on South Africa's apartheid era
    03 april 2003 19:02:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The shooting has begun in Cape Town of a feature movie on South Africa's apartheid past and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that helped heal the country's wounds. Full text...

  • Malian lands international photography prize
    02 april 2003 22:51:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian photographer Malick Sidibe will next October receive the 2003 Hasselblad Foundation international photography prize in Gِteborg, Sweden, local press accounts indicated Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mauritania postpones nomadic music festival
    27 march 2003 20:21:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritanian authorities have postponed the 13-17 nomadic music festival to a later date due to the unfavourable international context, a source at the French Cultural Centre (CCF) said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Anti-war sentiment permeates Muslim play in South Africa
    27 march 2003 12:40:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Against the backdrop of demonstrations against Gulf War II, a strong anti-war sentiment permeates a new production of the play Salaam Stories, which will open at the Baxter Theatre Centre in South Africa next month. Full text...

  • North Sea Jazz Festival to spotlight young talent
    10 march 2003 17:13:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Organisers of the North Sea Jazz Festival billed for March ending in Cape Town say they will use the occasion to spotlight and support some of the brightest, emerging jazz talents in South Africa. Full text...

  • Journalists end film reviewing workshop in Ouagadougou
    03 march 2003 23:39:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Journalists who cover the field of culture at the weekend in Ouagadougou ended a film reviewing workshop, saying such type of training should be organised more often for them. Full text...

  • South African producer gets film rights for acclaimed novel
    03 march 2003 14:26:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African film producer Anant Singh has secured feature film rights to the newly published book "Echoes of Love from Heavens Above. Full text...

  • Fans plan solidarity march for Papa Wemba Monday in Libreville
    02 march 2003 19:01:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabonese fans of renowned DR Congo musician Papa Wemba plan a solidarity march Monday in Libreville to protest against his detention in France, organisers said Sunday. Full text...

  • African filmmakers discuss HIV/ADIS at FESPACO
    28 february 2003 20:53:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Some 150 participants attending Africa's premier film festival (FESPACO) held every two years at the Burkinabe capital Ouagadougou, took time out from movie screenings and networking sessions to discuss the role of African actors in the HIV/AIDS fight. Full text...

  • Comedians to intensify fight against HIV/AIDS
    28 february 2003 17:45:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- A panel on the role of "The Comedians in AIDS Control" has resolved that comedians intensify their involvement in the fight against the incurable disease. Full text...

  • African comedians create international association
    27 february 2003 19:07:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- A two-day international symposium on the role of comedians in the African film industry ended here Wednesday with the creation of an international association of African comedians. Full text...

  • Guinea-Bissau's National Arts Carnival kicks off 1 March
    24 february 2003 19:32:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- Guinea-Bissau's 2003 National Art and Culture Carnival begins 1 March, according to sources at the Department of Culture and Cinematography. Full text...

  • Benin Copyright agency sets up panels to protect art works
    24 february 2003 19:23:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin Copyright Office (BUBEDRA) has set up technical committees to identify and protect art works in the country. Full text...

  • Papa Wemba fans stage sit-in in Kinshasa
    21 february 2003 19:21:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- More than 100 Congolese fans have demonstrated in Kinshasa outside the Youth, Sports and Leisure Ministry offices, demanding the release of their detained idol, artist and singer Shungu Wembadio, popularly known as Papa Wemba. Full text...

  • Reunion heritage experts in Seychelles
    21 february 2003 18:06:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- A team of heritage conservation experts from Reunion is in Seychelles to study historical buildings in the neighbouring island nation, an official has said. Full text...

  • Paris-based institution introduces Zulu classes
    18 february 2003 10:33:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- INALCO, a French institution of higher learning that specialises in overseas languages and cultures, has introduced courses in Zulu, one of the most widely spoken South African languages. Full text...

  • Togolese artists receive music awards
    17 february 2003 21:02:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togolese artist Ras Ly won prizes for "most promising artist" and "hit of the year" with the song "Agbetiko" during the Togolese Cauris Music Award ceremony held Saturday night in Lome the capital of Togo. Full text...

  • Journalists attend film review training in Burkina Faso
    17 february 2003 20:16:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Twenty journalists from four countries Monday began attending in Ouagadougou a training workshop in reviewing films for the press. Full text...

  • Discovery of ancient utensils reported in Ethiopia
    15 february 2003 17:39:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Archaeologists excavating in Ethiopia's Bensishangul-Gumuz state Saturday said they have unearthed household utensils reportedly used by the Nilotic people between 5000 and 450 B. Full text...

  • African Week opens with a concert in Brussels
    15 february 2003 13:56:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Several musical groups from several central African countries will participate in a concert in Brussels Saturday to mark the beginning of African Week, organised at the initiative of Belgian Foreign Minister Louis Michel. Full text...

  • Muslims in Benin celebrate Aïd el Kébir Tuesday
    11 february 2003 19:56:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Muslims in Benin celebrated Aïd El Kebir also known as "Tabaski," commemorating prophet Abraham's gesture when he was ready to sacrifice his son on The Almighty's request. Full text...

  • Sheep prices soar in Yaounde this year
    11 february 2003 19:35:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroonian Muslims who will celebrate Aid El Kebir on Wednesday must spend more money this year to buy their sheep, a survey in Yaounde's three main livestock markets showed. Full text...

  • Mozambicans mourn celebrated poet, Craveirinha
    10 february 2003 18:43:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- President Joaquim Chissano on Monday pledged that the Mozambican government will make the work of the country's greatest poet, Jose Craveirinha "a permanent source of inspiration for future generations. Full text...

  • German embassy stages charity concert in Sudan
    08 february 2003 16:05:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The German embassy in Khartoum Saturday organised a concert to raise funds for the restoration of a famous Sudanese pyramid. Full text...

  • Gerima's Sankofa premiers in Addis Ababa
    08 february 2003 15:32:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Haile Gerima's famous film 'Sankofa,' produced by Mypheduh Films Inc, was screened here Saturday at Mina building for the first time. Full text...

  • Three ancient royal statues unearthed in northern Sudan
    19 january 2003 13:44:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Swiss and local archaeologists have unearthed granite statues belonging to three monarchs from Sudan's Kingdom of Napata, which ruled from 900 to 400 BC. Full text...

  • Ethiopia celebrates epiphany Sunday
    19 january 2003 10:50:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia is Sunday observing one of the country's most celebrated annual festivals called Timkat, or the epiphany. Full text...

  • Ivorian film director Henri Duparc honoured
    10 january 2003 22:06:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The Regional Institute of Public Health of Ouidah in Benin has hosted a ceremony to pay tribute to Ivorian film director Henri Duparc. Full text...

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